Squat and Gobble's okay if you're dying for a crepe and there's no other place around, but what really bothers me about it is that it feels like such a chain. The food's fine, it's a little overpriced, but it doesn't have any personal feeling at all.
Things I've seen at Fishbowl:
-A guy in green pants belligerent and drunk picking a fist fight... with a girl.
-A bartender head thrashing to Weezer's "Say It Ain't So," which is so loud, half the bar had to leave.
-Sad, hollow shells of women standing precariously on the bar in sky high heels, skin and flesh leaking out everywhere, pouring liquor into guy's mouths hoping for a little validation.
This place reeks of desperation, sadness, and people with too much money. It is a horrible place. It's simply too crowded. You cannot move at all. The music is too loud. Yelling at full volume you cannot be heard. And there's so many rich pompous losers here, it makes me happy to go back to my poor digs and my job lifting boxes.
Frankie's Bohemian Cafe used to be a tradition in the North Beach neighborhood until it closed down. Ahh, the memories. There was NOTHING better drunk at 2 in the morning than garlic fries from Frankie's. Well, nothing better at that moment... but you regret the decision the next morning. Frankie's on Divisadero has lost something. It isn't the same. The food is good, nothing special though, and it's upper divis location attracts a lot of yuppies.
I started going to Bean Bag Coffee House when my regular breakfast joint, Eddie's Cafe, was closed for the day. I felt guilty though, because I enjoyed it as much as my regular spot. The egg breakfast is really good, and their crepes are fantastic. The staff are all super friendly too and they have sunny outdoor seating.
Ahhh, how many Sunday mornings have I spent at Cafe Abir, leisurely sipping my vanilla latte while looking over the ills of the world in the New York Times, complimentary to read there of course. Cafe Abir is a very laid back cafe, but isn't dull. It's always fairly full, so if you go there to be alone, at least you won't be lonely.
Forget Kate's Kitchen for hangover Saturday breakfasts. The Pork Store beats it every time. They have fantastic specialty omelettes (try the californian) and any other breakfast food you're looking for, the Pork Store will do it great.
Tommy's Mexican Restaurant is one of my favorite places to go out in San Francisco. The place is always packed, it's got a great, fun, casual vibe, the food (central american influenced) is fantastic, and their tequila selection is unheard of. They have everything. Ask for anejo tequila or they'll pour you the cheap yellow stuff as punishment for not knowing. It's not them being cheap, it's them being tequila snobs. And once you know what to order, you're happy they are.
I can't say enough good things about Kitaro. It's fantastic. It's prices are unbelievably low. Truly unbelievably. The first time you go in you will not believe how cheap this sushi is. It almost makes you nervous. Don't be. The place is always packed and they are constantly selling sushi, so it's always fresh. They have some interesting rolls you don't see at other sushi joints, using ingredients like jalapeno peppers.
I had a fantastic time at Sushi Hunter. I had their Monday's all you can eat sushi buffet (which now is every day) for $23 or something, and then for $6 more, you get all you can drink sake. $35 and you get full on sushi and drunk. What else can you ask for? They have a pretty good menu for the all you can eat too, including a lot of nigiri, some basic rolls, and tempura dishes.
Solstice looks like such a cool, great restaurant from the outside, so I finally went in. The decor is very cool and hip, plush low chairs, dim lighting... everything set to impress. I ordered food, which was really expensive, and it was good. When you spend so much on it, it should be great. This restaurant is trying too hard.